One of my favorite ways to save a little money is to make special occasion treats for my pups right in my own kitchen. The dogs like it too; so much so that whenever our kitchen timer goes off Luna thinks whatever is in the oven must be for her.

I have found that basic (high quality) biscuits are often cheaper to buy than to buy the ingredients. They are also great to have on hand, so I usually keep a box or two around. But, special treats for birthdays, holidays, and other special events are usually a bit more pricey.

Luna enjoys her Egg Scramble - DIY Easter Brunch for Dogs

The brands and stores know you are buying something special, so you might be willing to shell out a little extra cash for it. I think it’s especially true around the holidays. The cute, but somewhat gimmicky treats and toys are marked up quite a bit.

Because of this, I love making Luna (and now Ralph) yummy homemade treats that are worth celebrating. Plus, making your own dog treats has a few benefits!

Benefits of Baking Homemade Dog Treats

It can be cheaper!
You know exactly what the ingredients and where they came from.
You know what your dog likes, so you can customize it to their palate.
You can easily incorporate things you already have in your kitchen.

Delicious dog friendly pup pies with blueberries and chicken!

19 Easy Dog Treats for Special Occasions


Apple Crunch Pupcakes
      by Miss CandiQuik

Check out our Birthday recipes too!
A Birthday Pupcake
Birthday Burgers for Dogs

Chinese New Year

Fortune Cookies
      by Sugar the Golden Retriever

Super Bowl

Super Bones
      by Irresistible Pets

Check out our Super Bowl recipe too!
Healthy Sweet Potato Chips

Valentine’s Day

Strawberry Banana Carob Marble Dog Treats
      by Kol’s Notes
Valentine’s Day Pup Cakes
      by Irresistible Pets
Potato Carrot Banana Heart Treats
      by Sugar the Golden Retriever
Heart Shaped Cranberry Cookies for Dogs
      by The Lazy Pit Bull


Bunny Bones
      by Irresistible Pets

Check out our Easter recipe too!
DIY Easter Brunch for Dogs


Oat and Apple Pretzels
      by The Cookie Rookie


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
      by Dog Mom Days
Easy Cheesy Candy Corn Treats
      by Kol’s Notes


Thanksgiving Thumbprint Cookies for Dogs
      by Kol’s Notes

Check out our Thanksgiving recipe too!
Thanksgiving Pup Pies


Snowflake Cookies for Dogs
      by The Lazy Pit Bull
Carob Mint Bones Dog Treats
      by Kol’s Notes

Celebrating Luna's Fourth Birthday with WellyChef Birthday Burgers

Do you ever bake for your pets?

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Emily Endrizzi

    Awesome recipe ideas! I need to try the apple crunch pancakes and the fortune cookies.

  • Ashley

    Oh wow, awesome!! I am book marking this page. Can’t wait to make some of these for my dogs! Visiting from the A-Z blog challenge.

  • Daniel Scott

    We will be celebrating Artie’s Gotcha Day on April 28th. These treat recipes will come in handy.

  • Dale Bradley Morris

    Dropping by from the A to Z. Your dogs are precious!
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  • tara tyler

    aww! those are some lucky dogs! tasty looking treats!
    happy b day!

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  • Heather

    Cute ideas. I hope you will continue your great theme.
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    Heather M. Gardner / @hmgardner
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  • Cathy C Bennett

    When I do bake – (it’s rare) the Boys seem to like it, but my presentation leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • bellagirl07

    I have never baked for the pets but I really want to thanks for sharing this post. I would love to control what is in their treats so they only get the good healthy stuff.

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  • desithebonde

    i would love doing some for the dogs that way they have mix

  • Lana

    These are great ideas! I love trying homemade treats for my pup. It’s the only way to know what’s in them. For doggy’s one year adoptaversary, we made her “doggy ice cream”. Plain yogurt that I mixed with peanut butter, then froze. Also put some treats on top. She loved it and it was so easy!

  • I never bake for the dog or the cat but the recipes seem interesting.

  • Richard Hicks

    So many recipes that I want to try for our doggie

  • Shea

    These recipes look great to try for my dog!

  • Ruth Epstein

    Love these recipes 🙂

  • Anne Flickinger

    These will definitely come in handy. Thank you for sharing all these!

  • Ruth Epstein

    I want to try the Chinese New Year Fortune Cookies this year for Layla

  • Linda

    Yum, will have to try some of these recipes!

  • Richard Hicks

    Never tried to make our own treats but now I want to give it a try

  • Anne Flickinger

    I love these, will definitely try some of them.

  • wins4me

    Thank you for sharing

  • tiffany dayton

    These are really cute.

  • Darcy Koch

    I like the idea of making my own treats for my dog. I know exactly what is in them and I can decorate them nicely.

  • Bee Mayes

    I want to make super bones! I bet my two dogs would love them!

  • Tammy Horn

    Great variety! I make all my dogs treats, and I definitely need to try some of these too.

  • cynthiac

    I sometimes bake doggie treats as a fundraiser for a local animal charity. Thanks for the recipes and great ideas!

  • Ashley B.

    Love these special, little recipes!

  • Richard Hicks

    Never thought about making our own dog food or treats. Going to give it a try

  • Jackie Preas

    Great recipes!Thank you…Beauregard loves when he sees me slicing sweet potatoes for treats…so easy!

  • Rochelle Epstein

    Great recipes and I love cooking for Layla and making her treats so am always looking for new ones

  • Helga

    I’m motivated to try making some of these because it is expensive to buy healthy dog treats!

  • sandy weinstein

    what a great array of recipes for the girls. i used to make their treats all of the time, i will have to start up again. treats for all of the holidays